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Buckhead’s Kenny Blank heads up the world’s largest Jewish film festival

Kenny Blank was always interested in entertainment, even staging puppet shows for his family as a child. These days, he has a job that puts him squarely in that arena—serving as the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the city’s most-attended film festival and the world’s largest Jewish film festival.

Born in Queens, New York, […]

KITCHEN WHIZ KID

Young Little Chef Ivy wants to steer kids toward better eating

Don’t let her age, or her size, fool you. Ivy Angst, aka Little Chef Ivy, may only be 11 years old, but she is already a force in the kitchen, as well as a staunch advocate for more healthful menus, challenging the way restaurants and her peers look at nutrition.

Ivy has been cooking for two years […]

PUTTING ON A BRAVES FACE

This Sandy Springs resident combines her love of sports with journalism

These days, Greer Howard knows more about the Atlanta Braves and the goings-on at SunTrust Park than virtually anyone else around her. That’s because Howard handles on-camera hosting duties for the hometown baseball team.

Although she long wanted to get into journalism, it was only during college that she pursued it. When she was growing up in […]

TV BECOMES HER

Buckhead’s Cara Kneer is a morning television fixture

Growing up in the small town of Covington, Indiana, Cara Kneer longed to be a Broadway performer one day. Her parents were supportive of her dreams but did rein her in a bit and eventually steered her to a more realistic job—in journalism.

These days, she’s an experienced, versatile broadcast journalist who can be seen weekday mornings as a host […]

SECOND CHANCES

After an accident, a Buckhead teen jump starts her recording career

It was like any other basketball game she had played in since she was 7 years old. Yet when Ella Collier took an unexpected spill on the court and lost consciousness for several minutes, the then 14-year-old flirted with death. Collier is fine now, but the incident has prompted her to maximize every moment and aggressively […]

JAZZ FIX

Area establishments offer hard to find listening experiences

The musicians of Joe Gransden’s band stir up the night at Cafe 290

Atlanta’s reputation as a music capital is well earned, but for all the sounds that spring from the city, live jazz is not easy to find—in Buckhead or its surroundings. Events such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 26-28) provide a weekend of distinguished […]

STORMY WEATHER

Elicia Monroe moonlights as an electronic dance music artist…

Elicia Monroe has never been tied to any kind of label or definition. Reinventing herself is something she has done constantly since her days managing local musicians in New Orleans to working in banking to playing on a professional women’s football team. Her latest endeavor is making a name for herself as a music artist under the persona […]

FROM FINANCE TO FILM

Buckhead’s Mark Callaway considers the Mountainfilm on Tour festival a passion project

Mark Callaway has never been a man lacking for hobbies. He’s always been that way, even as a kid.

The Dayton, Ohio, native, who moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay area when he was just 6 months old, was playing the drums in a band before high school. He also developed an early […]

A FORAY IN FILM

UGA student and Buckhead native eyes career as a producer.

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As Rachel Beavers entered her sophomore year of college at the University of Georgia, she looked into her future and didn’t like what she saw. She’d been studying accounting but realized she’d be “absolutely miserable” in that field. She promptly changed her major to something that seemed more alluring.

Now a senior, Beavers, who grew up in […]

BRANDING A NETWORK

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PR exec moves south to oversee Turner communications

James Anderson always knew he wanted to wind up in arts and entertainment. He wasn’t sure in what capacity, but he knew it was his calling. Now as an adult, he’s found his footing as an executive at Turner Broadcasting, overseeing the network’s communications.

His initial interest was the stage. After growing up in Baltimore, Anderson attended Dennison College […]